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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Faith and Sharing Federation fonds
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Faith and Sharing Federation fonds

  • CA ON00389 F5
  • Fonds
  • 1968-2012

The fonds consists of administrative, organizational, summary and financial records relating to the Faith and Sharing Federation. The records range in date from 1968 to 2012. The fonds is composed of eight series:

  1. History and Spirit of Faith and Sharing
  2. Documents of the Secretary, North American Committee
  3. Correspondence of the North American Committee
  4. Documents related to participation in the Canadian Conference of Catholic Lay Associations
  5. Faith and Sharing Bulletins
  6. Financial Files
  7. Sound recordings of Retreats
  8. Secondary resources collected by Madeleine Sguin, Secretary of the North American Committee, related to Jean Vanier

The majority of the records are textual however, as indicated, the fonds includes almost 200 recordings of retreats, including many talks by founder Jean Vanier.

Faith and Sharing Federation

Retreatant Lists

File consists of the retreatant list for the following retreats:

Toronto, ON, 1968
Toronto, ON, 1969
Saskatoon, SK, 1970
Marylake, ON, 1970
Marylake, ON, Edmonton, AL, Acadia Valley, AL, Warrenville, IL, 1971
Edmonton, AL, Toronto, ON, Chestermere, AL, Orleans, ON, 1972
Naramata, BC, Chicago, Toronto, Gimli, MN, Birmingham, AL, 1973
Cleveland, OH, Vancouver, BC, Bolton, ON, Nelson, BC, 1974
Winnipeg, MN, Regis Col. Toronto, 1975
Erie, PA, 1977
Marylake, ON, 1978
Marylake, ON, 1979
London, ON, Tacoma, WA, 1982
Erie, PA, 14-19 August 1984
A program of events for the retreat in Erie is enclosed.

Documents on the organizational structure of Faith and Sharing and a practical guide to retreats

File consists of:

1 Statement of the Grace of Faith and Sharing, July 1988
2 Preamble of essential elements of Faith and Sharing, 11 October 1981
3 Organizational Structure of Faith and Sharing, 2 July 1988
4 Organizational Structure of Faith and Sharing, 11 October 1981
5 Practical Guide for Faith and Sharing Retreats and other meetings, 1988
6 Practical Guide for Faith and Sharing Retreats, 11 October 1981

Histories of Regional Faith and Sharing Retreats

File consists of histories of:

1 Vancouver Island, BC
2 Orange County, CA
3 Oregon
4 Timmins, ON
5 Ottawa-Gatineau-Hull
6 St Augustine, FL
7 Winnipeg, MB
8 Quebec, QC
9 Rimouski, QC
10 Chicoutimi, QC
11 Sherbrooke, QC
12 St. Jean – Longueuil, QC
13 Gaspésie, QC
14 Atlantic Canada

Documents of the Secretary, North American Committee

The series consists of a copy of the original list of the Faith and Sharing Federation fonds produced by Madeleine Seguin, August 15, 1994. Also includes documents relating to the deposit of records to Archives Deschalets, Ottawa, in 1993-1994 and the donation of the records to University of St. Michael’s College in 2004.

Séguin, Madeleine

Documents of the Secretary, North American Committee

The file consists of material gathered by the secretary of the North American Committee. Included in the file:

1 Original list of the Faith and Sharing Federation fonds produced by Madeleine Seguin, August 15, 1994
2 Documents relating to the deposit of records to Archives Deschalets, Ottawa, in 1993-1994 and the donation of the records to University of St. Michael’s College in 2004
3 List of Faith and Sharing North American Committee contacts, addresses and phone numbers, 2002

Correspondence to Faith and Sharing leaders

File consists of:

  1. Letter to Faith and Sharing Leaders regarding the North American Committee meeting held May 2-4 in Montreal dated July 18, 2008
  2. Letter to Faith and Sharing Leaders regarding a donation to L'Arche Haiti dated January 24, 2010

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1979.

Included are French and English copies from:

January 1979 - Vol. 7
March 1979 - Vol. 7
May 1979 - Vol. 7
August 1979 - Vol. 7
October 1979 - Vol. 7
December 1979 - Vol. 7

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1980.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1980 - Vol. 8
March 1980 - Vol. 8
June 1980 - Vol. 9
October 1980
December 1980

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1985.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1985 - Vol. 12
May 1985 - Vol. 12
October 1985 - Vol. 13
December 1985 - Vol. 13

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1987.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1987 - Vol. 14
May 1987 - Vol. 14
October 1987 - Vol. 15
December 1987 - Vol. 15

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1991.

Included are French and English copies from:

Winter 1991 - Vol. 18 No. 2
Spring-Summer 1991 - Vol. 18 No. 3
Fall 1991 - Vol. 19 No. 1

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1993.

Included are French and English copies from:

Winter 1993 - Vol. 20 No. 2
Spring-Summer 1993 - Vol. 20 No. 3
Fall 1993 - Vol. 21 no. 1

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Matane, Quebec

14 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Matane, Quebec, containing talks given by Jean Vanier. Audio cassettes contain the following speeches:

Box 13

SR2004 03 67: A - 1 - L'accueil de Jésus
SR2004 03 68: B - 2 - La samaritaine I
SR2004 03 69: C - 3 - La samaritaine II (suite)
SR2004 03 70: D - 4 - La paternité
SR2004 03 71: E - 5 - Le berger
SR2004 03 72: F - 6 - La souffrance
SR2004 03 73: G - 7 - Perdre
SR2004 03 74: H - 8 - Le pardon

Box 14

SR2004 03 75: I - 9 - Grandir
SR2004 03 76: J - 10 - La Commuante
SR2004 03 77: K - 11 - Marie et Joseph
SR2004 03 78: L - 12 - La priére
SR2004 03 79: M - 13 - L'alliance
SR2004 03 80: N - 14 - Emmaus

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Sherbrooke, Quebec

14 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

SR2004 03 81: #1 - Jésus, espérance de notre monde brisé
SR2004 03 82: #2 - Donne-moi à boire
SR2004 03 83: #3 - Ne vis plus dans l'illusion
SR2004 03 84: #4 - Le pauvre, source de vie
SR2004 03 85: #5 - Le désarroi de Pierre et la compassion de Marie
SR2004 03 86: #6 - Vivre dans la petitesse
SR2004 03 87: #7 - La Prière: Crie, repos et offrande
SR2004 03 88: #8 - La croissance dans l'Esprit: devenir une icone
SR2004 03 89: #10 - Le pardon dans la communauté
SR2004 03 90: #12 - Jésus nous lave
SR2004 03 91: #13 - Célébrons notre alliance
SR2004 03 92: #14 - Joseph, époux de Marie
SR2004 03 93: #15 - Être bon pasteur
SR2004 03 94: #16 - Marcher avec Jésus vers la libération

The archive contains a journal documenting the retreat at Sherbrooke in August 1985. The journal contains letters written by attendees at the retreat concerning their thoughts on the retreat and Jean Vanier. The journal, compiled by Rachel & Janvier Caron, can be found at the end of the series 'secondary sources'.

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Trois-Rivières

11 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier, including one at the Basilique Notre-Dame du Cap:

Box 16

SR2004 03 132: #1 - Une retraite, temps de joie et de souffrance
SR2004 03 133: #2 - Jésus annonce sa Vision nouvelle: le pauvre au cœur de la société
SR2004 03 134: #4 - Ne crains, pas je t'aime
SR2004 03 135: #6 - La vie communautaire

Box 17

SR2004 03 136: #7 - Le pardon
SR2004 03 137: #8 - Se nourri pur Grandir
SR2004 03 138: #11 - La compassion de la croix de Jésus
SR2004 03 139: #12 - Moi non plus, je ne te condamne pas
SR2004 03 140: #13 – [Untitled – Retraite Foi et Partage conférence du jeudi soir Basilique Notre-Dame du Cap]
SR2004 03 141: #14 - Joseph époux de Marie, père de Jésus
SR2004 03 142: #16 - Être humain

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Kansas City, Missouri

11 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Kansas City, Missouri. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

SR2004 03 143: Good news to the poor
SR2004 03 144: Our meeting with Jesus
SR2004 03 145: Jesus meets the samaritan woman
SR2004 03 146: To bear spirit, to be compassionate
SR2004 03 147: Jesus' incredible love for us
SR2004 03 148: Brighter than a thousand suns
SR2004 03 149: The mystery of body and of community
SR2004 03 150: The littleness of community
SR2004 03 151: My mystery of being and of growth...
SR2004 03 152: Jesus in the present and St Joseph
SR2004 03 153: One hundredfold/Persecution/Resurrection

Correspondence and other documents related to first retreats

Files consists of correspondence and other documents related to first retreats
including:

Toronto, ON, August 1969
Ottawa, ON, November 1970
Lourdes, France, ‘Faith and Light’ Pilgrimage, April 1971
Montreal, QC, August 1971
Ottawa, ON, August 1971
Val Cartier, QC, August 1971
Edmundston, NB, 1972
Quebec, 1972
Cleveland, OH, 1972
Calgary, MB,1972
Val Morin, QC, 1972
Orleans, 1972
Marylake, ON, July – August 1972

Retreatant Lists

File consists of the retreatant lists for the following retreats:

Ottawa, Toronto, 1969
Mount-Rolland, Quebec, 1970
Ottawa, Val Morin, Val Cartier, 1971
Ottawa, Beauport, Edmundston, 1972
Montreal, 1973

Documents describing the spirit, the structure and the format of retreats

Sub-series consists of documents regarding the organisational structure of the Faith and Sharing Federation, the spirit of the Faith and Sharing movement and a guide describing the format of the Faith and Sharing retreats. The majority of the documents are in two sets of the documents, one written in French and the other in English. Only a French copy of the 2010 Faith and Sharing Organization Structure was provided at the time of donation.

Region 2

File consists of annual reports for Region 2:

June 1995
February 1997
June 1998
March 1998
February, 1999
January 2000
May 2000
September 2000
April 2001
April 2002

Also included is a booklet celebrating 30 years (1971-2001) of the Faith and Sharing community based in the diocese of Quebec, featuring poems, songs and stories written by members of the community; leaflets regarding meetings for 1999-2000 and 2001-2002; statement of expenses, February 2001 to January 2002; a leaflet regarding L’Arche, Faith and Sharing and Faith and Light and handwritten notes with contact information for people within the region.

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1990.

Included are French and English copies from:

February 1990 - Vol. 17 No. 3
May 1990 - Vol. 17 No. 4
Fall 1990 - Vol. 18. No. 1

Faith and Sharing Bulletins

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1992.

Included are French and English copies from:

Winter 1992 - Vol. 19 No. 2
Spring-Summer 1993 - Vol. 19 No. 3
Fall 1992 - Vol. 20 No. 1

Faith and Sharing Bulletin

The file consists of Faith and Sharing bulletins for 1996 to 2003 and October 2005.

Included are French and English copies from:

October 1996
April 1997 - Vol. 23 No. 2
October 1997 - Vol. 24 No. 1
April 1998 - Vol. 24 No. 2
October 1998 - Vol. 25 No. 1
April 1999 - Vol. 25 No. 2
October 1999 - Vol. 26 No. 1
April 2000 - Vol. 26 No. 2
October 2000 - Vol. 27 No. 1
April 2001 - Vol. 27 No. 2
October 2001 - Vol. 28 No. 1
April 2002 - Vol. 28 No. 2
April 2003 - Vol. 29 No. 2
October 2003 - Vol. 30 No. 1
October 2005 - Vol. 32 No. 1

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Val Cartier, Quebec

5 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Val Cartier, Quebec. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

SR2004 03 1: Accepter ses limites
SR2004 03 2: Les Noces
SR2004 03 3: Recontrer Jésus
SR2004 03 4: Trois grandes signes de l'esprit - Le mal dans le monde
SR2004 03 5: L'envoi, conf de clôture

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Orleans, Ontario

14 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Orleans, Ontario. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

SR2004 03 37: 79-40(1) - Viens à la fête
SR2004 03 38: 79-40(2) - Notre vulnerabilité
SR2004 03 39: 79-40(3) - La vulnerabilité du Jésus
SR2004 03 40: 79-40(4) - Dans la faiblesse, les semences d'espérance
SR2004 03 41: 79-40(5) - Être un berger
SR2004 03 42: 79-40(6) - Pardon et libération
SR2004 03 43: 79-40(7) - Why do we turn our eyes away
SR2004 03 44: 79-40(8) - Petitesse de la vie humaine
SR2004 03 45: 79-40(9) - Le mystère de la faiblesse humaine
SR2004 03 46: 79-40(10) - Croissance de l'esprit saint en nous
SR2004 03 47: 79-40(11) - Les exigences et les béatitudes de la communauté
SR2004 03 48: 79-40(12) - Le sens de la célébration
SR2004 03 49: 79-40(13) - Se nourrir pour grandir
SR2004 03 50: 79-40(14) - Nouveaux chemins de l'unité

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Rouyn, Quebec

16 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Rouyn, Quebec. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

Box 12

SR2004 03 51: #1 - Fragilité
SR2004 03 52: #2 - Notre fragilité
SR2004 03 53: #3 - Notre besoin
SR2004 03 54: #4 - Le loup en nous
SR2004 03 55: #5 - Miséricorde

Box 13

SR2004 03 56: #6 - Nous sommes adultères
SR2004 03 57: #7 - Appel à l'amour (en double)
SR2004 03 58: #8 - L'amour vécu quotidiennement
SR2004 03 59: #9 - Poursuivre l'enseignement sur la vie quotidienne dans l'amour
SR2004 03 60: #10 - L'abandon à Dieu
SR2004 03 61: #11 - Croissance dans l'amour
SR2004 03 62: #12 - Un dieu qui se fait petit pour les petits
SR2004 03 63: #13 - Notre vulnerabilité (en double)
SR2004 03 64: #14 - Mystère de la paternité
SR2004 03 65: #15 - La Communauté
SR2004 03 66: #16 - Le Mystère de la souffrance

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Quebec

15 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Quebec, containing talks predominantly given by Jean Vanier. Also included are 2 cassettes of talks given by Rita Gagne. Audio cassettes contain the following speeches:

SR2004 03 95: #1 - Jésus aimait Lazare, Marthe et Marie
SR2004 03 96: #2 - Marthe et Marie
SR2004 03 97: #3 - L'Absence de Jésus, lieu de Compassion
SR2004 03 98: #4 - La complicité entre Jésus et le pauvre
SR2004 03 99: #5 - Bienheureux (Rita Gagne)
SR2004 03 100: #6 - La détresse devant la mort
SR2004 03 101: #7 - Le cri du pauvre révèle mon cri
SR2004 03 102: #8 - Jésus pleura
SR2004 03 103: #9 - Lazare, viens dehors
SR2004 03 104: #10 - La communion de l'accueil
SR2004 03 105: #11 - Souffle de dieu (Rita Gagne)
SR2004 03 106: #12 - Jésus pardonne
SR2004 03 107: #13 - Vivre la Communauté
SR2004 03 108: #14 - Marie oint les pieds de Jésus
SR2004 03 109: #15 - Marie, mère de compassion
SR2004 03 110: #16 - Célébrons! Let's celebrate!
SR2004 03 111: #17 - Viens, seigneur Jésus! Viens!

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Chicoutimi, Quebec

11 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Chicoutimi, Quebec. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

SR2004 03 121: #1 - Jésus, espérance dans ce monde divisé
SR2004 03 122: #2 - Je veux habiter chez toi, aujourd'hui
SR2004 03 123: #4 - Le pauvre, source de vie
SR2004 03 124: #6 - La vulnerabilité de Jésus
SR2004 03 125: #7 - Les pauvres nous dérangent
SR2004 03 126: #8 - La compassion de Marie
SR2004 03 127: #10 - Vivre en famille et en communauté
SR2004 03 128: #12 - Moi non plus, je ne te condamne pas
SR2004 03 129: #13 - Le pardon au coeur de la communauté
SR2004 03 130: #14 - Croire dans l'esprit-saint
SR2004 03 131: #16 - Vivre l'amour dans le quotidien

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Guelph, Ontario

6 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Guelph, Ontario. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier and other Faith and Sharing members including Bill Clark, Maggie Conrad, Bishop Fernand Lacroix, Cathleen Corbett, Sue Mosteller, Gilles Beauchemin, Pierre Desroches, Marc Rioux and Claire Leblanc:

Box 18

SR2004 03 166: The Grace of Faith and Sharing/La Grace de Foi et Partage (Jean Vanier, Maggie Conrad and Bill Clarke) - English
SR2004 03 167: The Eucharist/L'Eucharistie (Cathleen Corbett and Bishop Lacroix) - English
SR2004 03 168: Closing Eucharist (Bill Clarke and Sue Mosteller) - English
SR2004 03 169: La Parole/The Word (Gilles Beauchemin, Pierre Desroches) – French/Traduction de La première conférence de Jean Vanier

Box 19

SR2004 03 170: Les équipes/The Small Groups (Marc Rioux and Claire Leblanc)
SR2004 03 171: La dernière conférence/The Last Conference (Jean Vanier)

Letters written by Jean Vanier about his work with L’Arche communities

File consists of correspondence and monographs written by Jean Vanier on his trips to L'Arche communities in India, Haiti, Honduras, Toronto and France. The letters are bundled by year and include correspondence written in or about the following locations:

1972: Calcutta, Quebec
1973: Canada, Bangalore
1974: United States, Canada
1975: Brasil, Bangalore, Haiti, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras
1976: India, Côte d’Ivoire, Paris
1977: Calcutta, France, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso
1979: India

Séguin, Madeleine

Articles related to Jean Vanier’s work

File consists of articles and newspaper clippings from Canadian newspapers on Jean Vanier and his work. Includes 3 photographs of Jean Vanier, one from 7 February 1973 and two undated; a photograph of Jean Vanier's mother, Madame Pauline Vanier; 3 photographs taken at a L' Arche community, undated; and 2 copies of the May 1973 edition of Pastoral-Quebec titled Une Esperance? with Jean Vanier on the cover.

Séguin, Madeleine

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